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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does landscaping cost?

The price of landscaping varies widely due to the range of choices that can be made, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $320 and $20,000 for your landscaping work. The national average cost for a landscaping project is $2,600. 

Factors like the choice of plants, the amount and type of hardscaping, the square footage of your landscaped area, and the region you live in will have a significant effect on your landscaping cost.

How much does landscaping cost per square foot?

The cost of landscaping can vary widely based on the type of plants you wish to have, the amount of grading required, the condition of the land before work begins, and other factors. Adding in designer or high-end landscaping, as well as hardscaping such as sidewalks, walls, or patios will add to the cost. To find out how much your landscaping will cost, contact landscapers near you.

Is hiring a landscaper worth it?

A landscaper is worth it if you don't want to invest a significant amount of time and effort into planting, trimming, raking, weeding and performing other operations on your garden or yard. Hiring a landscaper to perform regular maintenance in your yards and complete bigger projects is valuable if you’re looking to sell your house. A professional landscaper can make your house more appealing to potential buyers. 

Some landscapers may perform maintenance duties — remove leaves, mow lawns, trim trees and shrubs, etc. —  but they can also help you bring bigger projects to life. This may include adding a misting system, an outdoor fireplace, water features, artificial turf, a patio and much more.

Start contacting landscapers near you to get free estimates and start planning your project today.

How much does landscaping improve home value?

Landscaping your property can boost the value of your home between 5% and 15%, according to Better Homes & Gardens. They specify that this is the amount of value added when you upgrade the condition of your landscaping from poor to good, though these terms are subjective. 

Where can you buy landscaping rocks?

You can shop for landscaping rocks from a variety of different sources. The first option is large chain retail stores specializing in home improvement and gardening. Often, landscaping rocks like slate and other slabs arrive on pallets and are sold in bulk, giving you a great deal. Your local landscaping store also carries rocks, and you may even have a stone or quarry seller nearby who can sell you the rocks you need. When in doubt, contact landscaping companies near you to see if they have rocks you can purchase.

What is landscaping?

Landscaping is the intentional placement and maintenance of living plants on an area of land or in your yard. This can include trees, lawn, flowers, bushes and other plant life and often incorporates mulch and other organic matter. The primary purpose of landscaping is to provide beauty to the house or building it surrounds. 

Many landscaping companies also offer design, architecture and construction services. For example, they can help you design a yard that incorporates a patio, deck, pool, fire pit, lighting, walkways, retaining walls and more.

What is landscape design?

Landscaping design refers to the art of analyzing an existing landscape, planning how to transform it through flora and fauna design and working with a client to ensure goals are met. Landscape designers may completely transform an outdoor space or make minor modifications to enhance it. They may also call for grading and the construction of hardscaping surfaces like walkways or patios to add to the enjoyment of the space.

What should you look for when hiring a landscaper?

Landscaping can be costly — though it usually pays off in curb appeal and home resale value — so finding a landscaper who is worth the investment is important. When hiring a landscaper, look for proven success with the type of results you want. For example, if you know you want a drought-tolerant yard, research websites, reviews and portfolios that showcase beautiful drought-tolerant yards that the landscaper has installed. In addition to relevant experience, you’ll want to find a landscape contractor who has good client reviews. Good communication skills are another important quality in a landscape contractor, since everything from plant selection to hardscape installation needs to be discussed and agreed upon. A landscape contractor who is reliable, easy to understand and able to listen to what you want will help make the process seamless and enjoyable.

What does a landscape contractor do?

Landscape contractors work from outdoor architectural or design plans to build and install hardscaping or softscaping for the client, much as a general contractor uses architectural designs to build a house. Landscape contractors are experts in soil drainage, grading, hardscaping (installing concrete paths and retaining wall, building ponds, etc.), and planting. They have heavy equipment such as excavators and tractors to prepare the land as needed.

Some landscape contractors are also landscape architects or landscape designers. The titles can be compared with those in home construction: A building or landscape architect must earn a specialized architecture degree and pass an exam to have a license. A designer — whether an interior designer or a landscape designer — does not usually require a license to work. Landscape contractors are not required by law to work from plans designed by a landscape architect, so you may work directly with the landscape contractor to specify the work you’d like done. The national average cost for large-scale landscaping projects is $10,160. Pricing can vary greatly depending on the project scope, materials and design.

How do you find a good landscape architect?

Hiring a landscape architect is an investment in your home. Landscaping can reduce water bills, improve your home resale value, add to your daily living experience and significantly boost curb appeal. A landscape architect will draw the designs for your new landscape; you’ll want to hire a landscape contractor to carry out the plans. Many companies provide design-build landscaping services, with a company architect creating plans for your vision and the landscape contractor executing the vision. With the proper academic background and licensing, a person can be both landscape architect and landscape contractor. Here are a few tips for finding a great landscape architect:

  • Research online portfolios and find several landscape architects whose work interests you.
  • Read online reviews of client experiences.
  • Research whether the landscape architects you are interested in are currently licensed and in good standing with the licensing board, and check whether any complaints have been issued against them. Each state will have their own searchable database. For example, you can search for California landscape architects via the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Request bids from your selected landscape architects.
  • Hire the one you like the most, taking care to have a clearly written contract outlining scope of work.

For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

Reviews for Garland landscapers
Becky V.
Angel and his crew from Montoya Landscaping were great! They removed dead bushes, planted new ones, and fixed the drainage problem we have been having with the front area of our house. I would highly recommend for landscaping services.
Montoya LandscapingMontoya Landscaping
Megan G.
Fidel did a wonderful job with my landscaping! He was very quick to respond to my request for an estimate and get my job on the schedule. They arrived early and did the work in a timely manner. Everything looks fantastic and I would highly recommend them for your landscaping needs!
Fidel Hernandez landscaping LLCFidel Hernandez landscaping LLC
Tyra S.
Omar was very professional & punctual. He came exactly when he said he would. He put in landscape edging around the flower beds and trees in my front yard. It turned out beautifully! I am going to continue to use him for all of my landscaping needs.
Perez Quality lawn service LLCPerez Quality lawn service LLC
Lacey J.
Springview Landscape did a great job laying sod in my backyard. It looks great and he did it super fast.
Springview LandscapeSpringview Landscape
Pamela J.
Torres landscaping did a beautiful job to my flowerbed and made it look so nice ! I will definitely use them again next year 🙏🏾
Torres LandscapingTorres Landscaping
Carolyn L.
This company was responsive and really worked with me to plan my landscaping job. My yard and flowerbeds look great now. I highly recommend this company.
S&A Landscaping ServicesS&A Landscaping Services
Jocelyn R.
Nemesio is highly punctual and a wonderful person who takes pride in his work! He’s easy to work with and communicative about the progress of the job at hand. We’ve already hired him for our next landscaping job!
Orbe Landscaping and Tree ServicesOrbe Landscaping and Tree Services
David O.
Came through for me when I needed help the most with my landscape. The work looks great and they drastically improved my curb appeal right on time for our showings. Hope to work with you again.
Crest Tree & LandscapesCrest Tree & Landscapes
Keta W.
I absolutely love Mr Hernandez's work. His team did a superior job, exceeded my expectations. I'll definitely recommend him with no reservations to complete a quality, timely, beautiful landscape design for your home.
Fidel Hernandez landscaping LLCFidel Hernandez landscaping LLC
Darla R.
It was a pleasant experience to work with Torres Landscaping. We were on a tight budget so I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do but Erick made it work. He was quick to respond and make a deal with me. They were quick to come out and do the work.
Torres LandscapingTorres Landscaping
Sarah R.
Curb Appeal Experts is a wonderful company that just did my front yard. The owner, Frank, is super nice, knowledgeable and responsive. He did what he said he would do when he promised to do it. My yard looks amazing. I’m very pleased and I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for an awesome landscaping job!
Curb Appeal ExpertsCurb Appeal Experts
Artis C.
These guys were excellent!! I needed a French drain installed to keep my home from flooding. I reached to about 5 different companies for estimates. These guys the most responsive and they blew the other companies out of the water with they're pricing. They got the job done in one day and also took care of my flower bed and mowed the lawn. I would highly recommend that you reach out these guys to take care of any of your landscaping needs.
S&A Landscaping ServicesS&A Landscaping Services
Jeremy C.
David and his crew build a french drain that Napolean Bonaparte would have been proud of. He uses the best materials such as perforated PVC instead of cheaper corrugated pipe. He measures his pitch, and calculates his slopes, he is a professional. He identified areas of the landscape that could collect water, and tied in catch basins from there to the drain. He has experience, and is incredibly friendly. He listened to all my concerns with patience, and was able to provide confidence I can get quite annoying with all the questions I have, and he was receptive and professional at all times.
David Benitez Landscaping  Drainage and sprinklerDavid Benitez Landscaping Drainage and sprinkler
Laura B.
What started as a request to just clear out dead shrubs turned into a complete landscaping of all front and back beds! We were under a tight timeline with an event we were hosting in our home and Augustin and his team were amazing to accommodate our needs. My husband was very hesitant to turn over the reigns to someone, but was completely impressed with their work. From soil prep, quality of additional soil, plant quality, plant placement, and irrigation adjustments, this was a full service job. I absolutely will have him back for future projects. My neighbors are all asking for his card!
Evergreen Landscape & IrrigationEvergreen Landscape & Irrigation
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